With the beginning of the season comes rust that must be shook off at one point or another to find success.
Both Thayer Central and Nebraska Christian showed that has yet to happen for either team as they combined for eight turnovers in their season-opening contest in Hebron.
The Titans accumulated five turnovers on their home turf, three through the air, and the result was a 20-6 loss for Thayer Central.
Titans head coach Jereme Jones downplayed the turnovers and pointed to the Titans lack of protection for their quarterback, Jackson Feulner, and lack of consistency on offense as reasons the result did not end in their favor.
“They gave us some fronts we weren’t prepared for and brought a lot of blitzes that caused us problems, especially on run downs,” he said. “The turnovers really didn’t hurt us as much as inconsistency in our blocking in the run game and inconsistency in our passing game.”
Jones pointed to Kevin Burd, who led the team with 14 tackles, and Dominic Stewart, who tied for a team-high three tackles for loss, as players that performed at a high level on defense.
Nebraska Christian got on the board first via a 40-yard TD on the ground by Boersen in the second quarter. Feulner had an answer for Thayer Central as he connected with Zach Koss on a 39-yard pass for the team’s only score of the game. With both teams failing to convert their PATs, it was a 6-6 contest.
The Eagles took the lead before halftime on a 1-yard TD run by Boersen, making it a 14-6 game.
The Nebraska Christian signal caller accounted for his third touchdown of the day on a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jake Twogood in the fourth quarter.
Feulner threw for 124 yards on 9-for-26 passing, including one touchdown and three interceptions.
Isaiah Keilwitz was Thayer Central’s leading rusher. He has 13 yards on eight carries. Koss was the top offensive performer with 77 yards receiving on four catches.
Thayer Central’s next contest will be at Nebraska Lutheran on Sept. 7.